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I am working on a large SharePoint farm, mainly with the backend SQL Servers. We have always used stsadm -o for all stsadm functions, but no one seems to know why. I can't seem to find the info specific for stsadm, would it be general Windows command-line sytax?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

The -o is short for -operation. It basically specifies the operation of the command.

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Interesting I didn't een make the correlation until I re-read the technet article linked. Thank you! – Ddono25 Apr 9 '10 at 17:43

actually -o[peration] operationname distinguishes actual commands from -help operationname requests

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